“We are usually brothers and sisters.”
Left-handed pitcher Annie Romero (32) joined the SSG Landers this season. When news of the transfer broke, he was contacted by Ivan Nova (36), who played the previous season. The Dominican Republic natives played together for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2018. They developed a special relationship while eating together, and when it was decided that Romero 안전놀이터would join SSG, Nova introduced the things he had experienced while playing in Korea.
Romero is preparing for the season with his new teammates at the 2023 Spring Camp, which is being held at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida, on the 11th (Korean time). There are still a few things to be concerned about, from the task of building a bond with unfamiliar players to adapting to the official ball, but with the help of his teammates, he is melting into the team.
Former and current colleagues stepped out to adapt to Romero. Prior to joining SSG, Nova advised Romero. He introduced the things he had experienced in Korea. Romero said, “I hadn’t heard about the KBO League before the contract. After the article came out, I got a call from Nova. I’m usually close with my brother and sister. He talked about everything from food to culture. He himself wants to come back to Korea, but he doesn’t. It’s a pity that I couldn’t,” he said.
Nova is a foreign pitcher who played for SSG last year. Nova, who has a history of winning 90 major league games, was expected to play an active role on the Korean stage. However, he struggled to adapt to the KBO League and was removed during the season with an average ERA of 6.50 and 3 wins and 4 losses in 12 games. He went through the pain of being released in Korea, but his best friend seems to have given Romero some advice, hoping for success in the KBO.
At SSG, Choo Shin-soo and Kim Gwang-hyeon volunteered to help Romero adapt. Romero said, “Choo Shin-soo came to me first. When he played for the Texas Rangers, I was at the Tampa Bay Rays, and we talked about how we met at that time. Kim Gwang-hyun also approached me first and talked to me.”
With the help of his colleagues, Romero is quickly adapting to SSG. He is going through spring camp with the determination to bring victory to his team. He said, “I want to bring victory to the best of my ability. My goal is 180 innings. It means I can check my physical condition and can throw healthy next season. I will do my best at every moment.” compactedMeanwhile, Romero digested his first bullpen pitching on the 8th. He threw a total of 30 pitches, including a fastball, two-seam, slider, curveball, and changeup. Romero, who once recorded a fastball speed of 164 km, recorded an average ERA of 5.12 with 4 wins and 6 losses in 137 big league games.